2017 Gust Pinot Noir
2017 Gust Pinot Noir The grapes were fermented with 5% whole cluster adding additional texture and complexity. And we used open-top fermentors, native yeasts, and punched down bins twice a day to extract the full flavor of these grapes. The Pinot Noir was then pressed off its skins after two weeks of fermentation and at ideal tannin texture and barreled down to age. We used French oak with about 50% of those barrels being new. After tasting through all the barrels we came to a blend of 55% Catapult Vineyard with nice fruit and structure components and 45% Diamond Pile Vineyard to add elegance and freshness.
Gust is the second-generation offshoot of Sonoma’s Cline Family Cellars. The project of Megan Cline and Hilary Cline, these wines were launched to tap the potential of California’s most exciting new wine appellation: the Petaluma Gap, recently recognized as superb for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah.
Owing to a mixture of foresight and luck, the Cline’s father, Fred, planted vineyards in the Petaluma Gap in the late 1990s, before the area gained grape growing renown. Cline has historically been associated with Zinfandel and Rhone varieties, but as the second generation came of age, they gravitated toward cooler-climate wines, and wanted to lavish the sites in the region with the attention they deserve, farming them at the highest level and making the most special wines possible.
Thus: Gust. The name is meant to convey the atmosphere of the Petaluma Gap, where, like clockwork, morning fog gives way to blustery winds. But is also a representation of the energy of the new generation. A breath of fresh air.